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[23 DEC 98] BELRADE THEATRE PRESS RELEASE
West Midlands Arts Makes Increase To Belgrade Grant

Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre has received a significant increase in its annual grant from West Midlands Arts. The annual grant, fixed since 1994, has been uplifted by almost 11 % from 465,000 to 515,000, and reflects the decision taken by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to increase to level of Treasury funds made available to the arts through the regional arts funding system.

The uplift in funding addresses what West Midlands Arts’ Chief Executive Sally Luton describes as "inflation erosion" demonstrated by stand-still grants since 1994. It also enables greater levels of artistic investment for The Belgrade in priority areas. These include home produced work, upon which the theatre’s artistic policy lies, and increases in education and work with young people.

The theatre, which has seen a major turnaround in audience support since 1995 and record breaking attendances, has just announced its Spring 1999 season of work which again demonstrates a commitment to its role as a producing theatre and one that has a close relationship with its audience. The uplift in funding from West Midlands Arts provides necessary investment potential without the fear or eroding working budgets so often created by stand-still funding.

Simon Daykin, Head of Marketing at The Belgrade, said today,

"The increase in funding is another massive vote of confidence in The Belgrade Theatre as a major contributor to the artistic and cultural life of the area. It enables well needed investment in the things which matter to the theatre – the provision of excellent quality work for everyone to enjoy and be part of."

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The theatre receives funding in the form of annual revenue support from West Midlands Atts and Coventry City Council

The current production, the pantomime Sleeping Beauty, has already attracted 40,000 people and looks set to break box office records.

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